"Number with no name" as written by Ben Harper, Jason Matthew Mozersky, Jordan Tyler Richardson and Jesse Ingalls....
I'm serenaded by a chorus, of a thousand burning cigarettes
You've been taking chances, mama
While I've been placing bets
So tell it to the ashes, they know we served
It may be good for the soul but it's hard on the nerves

The very thing that drives you, can drive you insane
Got a head full of thought crimes and a number with no name
Got an eleventh hour Jesus and a mouth full of blame
A casket lined with silver dollars and a number with no name
Number with no name

There's nowhere to run
I've got no one to tell
My face has become a mask and I'm not wearing it well
For five days straight
I've been breathing fire
Don't have room on my body
For another scar

The very thing that drives you, can drive you insane
Got a head full of thought crimes and a number with no name
Got an eleventh hour Jesus trying to explain
A casket lined with silver dollars and a number with no name
A number with no name


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"Number with No Name" as written by Jason Mozersky Ben Harper

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    General CommentFantastic song. Not quite sure what the significance of "number with no name".... Sounds like a gambling addition problem almost from the first lines. Anyone with some killer insight?
    jryageron May 07, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationI figure that a "number with no name" refers to getting a phone number but not getting the person's name, such as in a chance encounter. He's not sure if hes going to get hurt or not. I think it fits with the "gambling" theme. "The very thing that drives you... can drive you insane..." these kind of flings can be wonderful and it can also end in terrible heartbreak. "Don't have room on my body for another scar." Again this seems consistent with the song. But good music can be interpretted several different but equally valid ways :)

    Oh and this song OWNS. Just wish it was a 4 min song instead of 3 :\
    HarperFanaticJPon May 14, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song reminds me of George Orwell's 1984, especially the lines "I've got a head full of thought crimes" and "My face has become a mask/and I'm not wearing it well." The line "Don't have room on my body for another scar" could refer to Winston's torture, and "The very thing that drives you/can drive you insane" is like Winston's love for Julia.
    emoly93on January 05, 2010   Link

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